Monday, 15 April 2013

Tornado warning issued for northern Lake County Sunday afternoon

Tornado warning issued for northern Lake County Sunday afternoon, The National Weather Service in Melbourne has issued a tornado warning for northern Lake County, including the cities of The Villages, Tavares, Paisley, Mount Dora, Lisbon, Leesburg, Lake Harris, Lake Griffin, Lady Lake, Howley in the Hills, Eustis and Emeralda until 6:15 Sunday night. National Weather Service meteorologists said they were tracking a tornado”…near Tavares…moving northeast at 25 miles per hour…” at 553 p.m. Sunday. There were also storms showing “…signs of rotation…” near The Villages and Mascotte, also moving to the northeast at 25 miles per hour.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Melbourne reported that a severe thunderstorm 10 miles southwest of Howley in the Hills, or near Mascotte, was “…capable of producing a tornado [and was] moving northeast at 25 miles per hour…” at 5:22 p.m. Sunday. Other cities in the warning area include but are not limited to Fruitland Park, Leesburg Airport, Mid Florida Lakes and Pittman.

The weather service says the safest place to be during a tornado is “…in a strong building on the lowest floor…in an interior room such as a bathroom or closet. Keep away from windows. Get under a workbench or other piece of sturdy furniture. Use blankets or pillows to cover your body. Evacuate mobile homes or vehicles for more substantial shelter.”

Earlier Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for counties in east-central Florida, including Seminole, Brevard, Volusia, Flagler and St. Johns. The watch expires at 10 Sunday night.

Just over a half-inch of rain was recorded Sunday afternoon at Daytona Beach International Airport, as a storm blew over Daytona Beach around 4:30 from southern counties. The National Weather Service says .52 inches of rain fell at the airport by shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday. The weather service reported in a tweet Sunday afternoon that almost 3.5 inches of rain was recorded earlier Sunday afternoon in the Suntree area of Brevard County between Rockledge and Melbourne.

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